Tips for Caregivers: What is Hoarding and How to Manage It

Hoarding is a behaviour that can be seen in people with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia, where individuals collect and stockpile certain things. Sorting through things that are familiar to them can be reassuring for someone with dementia. For example, the person may want to keep piles of papers that are completely useless or stock up on food […]

Is Brain Training Effective for Older Adults?

Recently, there has been a surge of brain-training apps available to smartphone users. Apps such as Lumosity and Elevate are being used by tens of millions of people around the world in an attempt to boost their brain health. However, the actual cognitive benefits of these brain-training apps have been called into question. Some studies have found that brain-training […]

Tips for Caregivers: What is Wandering and How to Manage It

Six in 10 people with dementia will wander. Anyone who has problems with their memory and is able to walk is at risk for wandering, even in the early stages of dementia. As such, it’s likely that caregivers of people with dementia will come across this behaviour at some point in time. Wandering is relatively […]

What is Sundowning in Dementia?

People with dementia sometimes become more confused, restless or agitated later in the afternoon or in the early evening. They may become more demanding, upset or suspicious and can sometimes even see or hear things that aren’t real, particularly at night. For some people with dementia, their attention span and concentration can become more limited […]

Sharing the Care Load with Siblings

Providing care for an ageing or ill parent can put a significant strain on sibling relationships. A survey commissioned by the Alzheimer’s Association found that more than half (61%) of carers felt that they didn’t get the support they needed from their siblings and it affected their relationship. In an ideal situation, caregiving gives siblings the opportunity […]